George and Tinker Shifrin

Colorado - USA

9 August 2001

Tour arrangements done by:

Vanessa Janion of  Worldwide Journeys - UK



I met George and Tinker at Ellerman House and we started off doing a city tour. The first part of the tour saw us having high tea at the Mount Nelson which we all thoroughly enjoyed. After lunch we traveled up Signal Hill and then through the city taking in most of the historic buildings as well as interesting sites in the city. Many hidden secrets in the city were unveiled.  It also gave us an opportunity to discuss where South Africa was going to politically speaking as well as many other interesting points. Close to sunset we arrived in Camps Bay where the pictures seen below were taken.

Yes you would be right if thought it was chilly. Just look at the cloud behind George and Tinker


As we were taking our first picture these two ladies passed us and insisted that they wanted to be in the pics J,
  so here we see Wanda and Mkagizi posing for the camera with George and Tinker.

After our trip along the Atlantic seaboard I dropped George and Tinker off at Ellermans. I returned later on to the guesthouse so as to take them to the Africa cafe for dinner where a great evening was had by all.


The Cape Winelands


We started off late (11h00) at George and Tinkers request and travelled on to the Winelands.

Our first stop was at Plasier de Merle where George and Tinker enjoyed a wine tasting as can be seen

We then toured the Plasier de merle wine cellar. After visiting the farm we travelled on to Franschhoek where we went to haute Cabriere for lunch.

George fooling around with a huge bottle of champagne at Haute Cabriere.


We travelled on to the Cheetah foundation where we as can be seen from the pictures below we had great fun petting the cheetahs.



We also met Savannah and Ziggy who had just joined the Cheetah Foundation two days before we arrived.


After visiting the cheetah foundation we took a short tour of Stellenbosch and then we travelled to Kaya Mandi (Home sweet home) where the following pictures were taken and certainly give a very good impression of what we experienced in the township.



Kids in the township


George, Beauty, Zukiswo, Armstrong, Siphogazi and Tinker at Beautie's home


Siphokazi plays with Tinkers hair (look closely at pic) while Beauty and Zukiswo look on.


George, Armstrong, Hilda (Armstrong's wife) and Tinker pose for the camera just before we left the township.

We left Kaya Mandi rather late so we drove on to Cape Town, went to the Jewel Tavern for a fantastic Chinese meal at this "hidden secret" venue and then returned to Ellerman House.


This was a very heartwarming day especially because of our wonderful experience in Kaya Mandi.



Peninsula Tour

I fetched George and Tinker at 11h00 as they wanted to have a late morning and we went off on a Peninsula tour. We first went to the Kirstenbosch shop to buy some goodies for children and grandchildren and then went to the Scratchpatch where Tinker bought some semi precious stones. Then we stopped in at Simonstown to have sandwiches for lunch and travelled on to Cape Poi

George and Tinker just before we ascended Cape Point.


Yup we got there!

To prove the point we took this picture

After Cape Point we travelled to "The Statues" where Tinker and Arthur went into a bargaining session before she bought a statuette


Arthur, Tinker and George seem to all be happy that the deal was a good one.

This picture was taken at Kommetje with Hout Bay in the background. This was also the spot where we enjoyed a fabulous Cape Sunset. (Use arrow keys to see whole panoramic photograph)

We returned to Cape Town and I dropped George and Tinker at Ellerman House. An hour later I collected them and with Bette joining us we went to The Blue Danube for an excellent dinner.

After dinner we returned to Ellerman house where we said our goodbyes. L


This was a wonderfully relaxing day with great scenery and much fun. It was just such a pity to say goodbye to this wonderful couple. We shared lots together and I felt we also learnt a lot from each other.

Thanks for all George and Tinker.  You were great to tour with. The kids of Kaya Mandi thank you similarly for your wonderful contribution.

RECEIVED 31/8/2001



We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful time you showed us in Cape Town and making our holiday so complete. Thanks again!

All our fondest love and best wishes to you and Bette

Tinker and George